How to...

When reading on this site, here are my recommendations to you.

The Occulted Ordinary presents challenging ideas. Here's my recommendations on how to read and comment on this site.

Be as a Child

  1. Humble. None of us knows as much as we think.
  2. Curious. Let your attention wander. Welcome open loops. Use alternative navigation.
  3. Careful. There's things here that'll freak you out. Proceed with caution. Turn back when your gut tells you.
  4. Kind. Others cannot always see what you can see.
19th century children examining a book.
Credit: Charles-Émile Matthis

Take it for Checking

None of us is a reliable narrator, least of all me. We're all constrained by the range of our sensor arrays, aren't we, Granzini. Whether you find an idea objectionable or cozy, please do check my sources, and my sources sources as well.

All models are wrong, but some are useful. - George Box

Don't Shoot the Messenger

This material contravenes common narratives about reality.

If something you read upsets you, please message me straight away, or leave a comment so we can discuss. I do hope you'll target the ideas, and leave the personal attacks aside.

Guidelines for Commenting

Thought you might like to see these notes I cribbed from George Orwell's essay Politics and the English Language:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

See you in the library,